Nick Beem, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, studio co-owner

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Nick is a native of Evanston. He started practicing yoga in 2000 as an antidote to the stress of college. He found it to be a beautiful combination of spiritual practice and exercise (and a good way to spend time with Lela when they first started dating!)

Nick has a degree in Computer Science from Brown University, but also studied the theory and practice of meditation. In 2002, he spent a month in residency at the Zen Mountain Monastery in New York. Buddhism's emphasis on mindfulness and compassion shows up in his teaching. Other influences include a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, improvisational theater, West African dance, whole foods nutrition, and a love of science.

Nick has extensive experience working with beginners, men, emerging adults, the chronically stressed, and those seeking to make yoga and meditation part of their daily routine. He is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapy and part of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Center faculty. View his full resume here.

Lela Beem, E-RYT 500, RPYT, C-IAYT, studio co-owner

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Lela began her yoga practice in 2001 and has been teaching group and private Hatha and Prenatal yoga full-time in the Chicago area since 2005.

Lela has had the fortune to offer therapeutic yoga tools to trauma survivors, cancer survivors and individuals with chronic pain. Lela has also served as director for the therapeutic yoga program at the Rice Child + Family Center in Evanston, a residential foster care center for at-risk 6-14 year olds. She has also worked as a wilderness instructor for adjudicated youth, an after-school program director, and an English tutor for children ages eight to eighteen here and in Asia.

Lela is co-founder of the Amala School of Prenatal Yoga, which specializes in training yoga teachers how to teach prenatal and postnatal yoga yearly in Chicago. As a mother herself, she is dedicated to creating a welcoming, educational environment for new and expectant moms and couples at Grateful Yoga. She is a graduate of UMASS Amherst, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner. Lela is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapy.

You can view Lela's column on yoga and parenthood, The Householder Yogi, in print or online in Chicago's yoga magazine Illumine. View her full resume here

The Dynamic Duo

Nick and Lela are both certified Kripalu Yoga instructors and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapists. They have also trained extensively in vinyasa yoga with Tom Gillette.  They are both Level 1 Certified ParaYoga® teachers, a Himalayan lineage under the guidance of Rod Stryker. Lela and Nick are both Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Providers, which means that teachers who take workshops or trainings with them can recieve CE units through Yoga Alliance.


Yoli Maya Yeh, MA

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Yoli Maya Yeh is a Yoga Therapist (VYASA, Yoga for the Special Child) and an Educator in Comparative Religions and Global Studies (MA Comparative Religious Ethics).  Yoli spent twelve years of her young adulthood studying language, yoga, tantra, healing arts and meditation in India.  A native of Evanston, IL, she blends her understandings of Indigenous wisdom teachings, mind-body science, yogic discipline, and play into innovative learning programs for all ages and abilities.  Her recent teaching adventures in cross-cultural education work took her to Jordan, Israel, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia with 15-23 year old students challenging themselves to understand what it means to be a Global Citizen.  More info at: www.yogawithyoli.com

Rhoda Miriam, E-RYT 500

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As founder of Yoga for Slow Living™, Rhoda has been encouraging students and clients to slow down since 1993. She specializes in facilitating techniques for managing stress, chronic pain and anxiety disorders like PTSD. The practices on her CD, “Relax with Rhoda” offer ways to sustain a calm mind and a relaxed body.

Rhoda holds the Yoga Alliance 500-hour experienced teacher designation (ERYT500). She has earned advanced certifications as a professional-level Yoga teacher from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, as an iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher from Richard Miller at the Integrative Restoration Institute, and as a Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga trainer from Judith Hanson Lasater. She is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and mentor. Additionally she has been certified by the Arthritis Foundation and trained by the National MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society.

Along with offering group classes, workshops and trainings in Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga, Rhoda conducts private sessions in therapeutic Yoga, guided Meditation, and relaxation therapy in person and by phone. Her unique series, “The Art of Mindful Slow Living,” offers guidance and mentoring to help individuals learn more about how to experience healthy, harmonious and happy lives.

To find out more, visit Rhoda’s website at www.yogaforslowliving.com.

Corinne Peterson, MPH, LMT, NCTMB, RYT

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Corinne has been teaching yoga since 1994. She received her first yoga instructor certification through the Temple of Kriya Yoga (1995) and a subsequent certification as a teacher and yoga therapist through the American Viniyoga Institute (2006). Corinne is certified in iRest® Yoga Nidra through Richard Miller, PhD, of the Integrative Restoration Institute. She has also received specialty yoga training for specific challenges, including: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute (founded by Bessel van der Kolk) and Yoga of the Heart – Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training (with Nischala Joy Devi). In addition, she has been a nationally certified massage therapist since 1997 and holds a Masters in Public Health in the area of health education and promotion.

Luna Delgado Dold, LMT

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Luna has been blessed with the instruction of many generous and knowledgeable teachers. She began her yoga studies in 1990 as a dance major in university. After many classes in many varying styles, she has finally come home to Dharma Yoga. Sri Dharma Mittra, considered the "teachers' teacher", has been Luna's yoga Guru ever since she met him at a yoga conference. Sri Dharma embodies the teachings of the classical yogas fully and can therefore instruct them clearly, without adulteration.

Lunas' teaching reflects her love of yoga. She is able to explain the practice in detail while allowing each student space to find their own way. Luna is devoted to her students and cares deeply for the preservation of the traditions of yoga. This caring is expressed by Luna's soothing voice, clear instruction and focused presence while instructing. All classes taught in the style of Dharma Mittra. Luna served for many years as the director of Dharma Yoga Evanston.

Lisa Devi, E-RYT 200, RYT-500

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Lisa began her yoga journey when she was 10 years old. Her father encouraged the path of yoga, and has been her biggest supporter ever since. In 2012, she took a workshop with Seane Corn that profoundly transformed her life. It was from then on that she knew her dharma (purpose and passion) was to expand awareness, leading beings through self-discovery on how to find the teacher from within. By facilitating this discovery, her intention is to help all cultivate this beautiful tool of awareness into their every day life and passions, and to explore their consciousness potential for wellbeing.

Lisa completed her 200-Hour training with Kripalu, and her 500-Hour advanced training with Moksha. Through many trainings, some of the most influential and inspiring teachers she has practiced with are Seane Corn, Ashley Turner, Shiva Rea, Kino Macgregor, Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Kim Wilcox, and Gabriel Halpern.

“I believe that sharing the knowledge of mind, body, and spirit relationship is the most empowering gift you can give someone.” ~ Lisa Devi

Eliza Hofman, RYT

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Eliza embarked on a yogic path when she took her first yoga class over ten years ago.  Since then she’s had the pleasure of practicing many styles of yoga, including Jivamukti, Forrest, and Kripalu.  In 2005, she completed a 200-hour training at Yandara Yoga Institute in Todos Santos, Mexico under the facilitation of master teacher Suza Francina.  She furthered her training with Seane Corn in a 50-hour Vinyasa Flow teacher training that emphasized the integration of breath, movement, and action (both on and off the mat.)  Her teaching style links dynamic physical practice with a commitment to mindful body awareness.  She believes that the student should receive practical skills to access the body, mind, and spirit, and that yoga classes should motivate practicioners to positively impact themselves and the world around them.  Eliza is also a lifelong student of Shakespeare and, from time to time, she can be found treading the boards with the Bard.  Eliza holds an MFA in Shakespeare from Mary Baldwin College and a BFA in Drama from NYU. View her full resume here.

 

Bailey Shea, RYT, RPYT

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Bailey’s in-depth training prepared her to be among the few Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers (RPYT) in the Chicago area. She is qualified to safely offer yoga to pregnant and postpartum women, and learned through her own pregnancy how the practice of yoga helps women adjust to their changing bodies and prepare for childbirth. As part of her training, Bailey completed an apprenticeship with Lela Beem, E-RYT 500 (owner of Grateful Yoga).

Stacia DeSalvo

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Stacia DeSalvo began teaching yoga in 2014. Inspired by the healing and transformative nature of the practice, she studied vinyasa yoga under the guidance of Jill Mockaitis and David Duerkop and completed a 200 hour training at Spring Yoga and Fitness. Since then, she has continued her education with multiple trainings in different styles including trauma sensitive yoga, kids yoga, and restorative yoga.

Stacia believes that yoga creates and supports positive change from the inside out for all individuals. Her mission is to guide students in the exploration of both their yoga practice and themselves and she believes that physical expression can lead to abstract understanding. She encourages her students to look inward and discover the lessons that the body can teach us through intentional movement and challenging poses.

Cassie Rodgers, E-RYT, RPYT

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When I first found my way to the mat in 2005 I was drawn in equally by the physical and spiritual aspects. My mind became clearer and more peaceful as I practiced; I frequently experienced waves of pure bliss. My body seemed made to move through the asana (poses) naturally but there were plenty of challenges to keep the A-typical or “Pitta” (as Auyrveda would describe) driven side of me wanting more.

I sought out certification after one year of my own practice because I knew that I wanted to share this gift with others. Since completing my 200 hour certification, I have continued to expand my knowledge studying with Tias Little, Aadil Palkhival, and Rod Stryker along many other influential teachers and am currently working towards my 500 hour certification with Jim Bennitt.

My regular group classes provide mindful sequencing greatly influenced by the tantric yoga tradition, a method that works to use the subtle aspects of pranayama and meditation along with the asana (poses) to expand the experience within our selves. I strive to create a space where students can connect to themselves on a more subtle level yet feel challenged safely while receiving the amazing benefits of yoga.

Cassie is also an experienced prenatal yoga teacher offering group classes and private lessons for women in this life stage. She leads workshops and trainings for teachers and students on how to best modify for pregnancy and is co-founder of Amala School of Prenatal Yoga offering an 85 hour teacher training in Chicago. To learn more about Cassie visit www.anandawithin.com

Ginger Crisenbery

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A skeptical mystic, a biodynamic craniosacral teacher/practitioner, and a woman who relishes her morning cup of coffee, Ginger got turned on to yoga and Buddhism in her teens.

After three decades of āsana practice, she started meditating and stopped moving her body. Ten years later, daily joint pain slapped her upside the head, prompting her to enroll in haṭha yoga teacher training at Temple of Kriyā Yoga in 2013. Ginger began teaching yoga in 2014.

Her philosophy is DIY: “Have beginner’s mind, but trust yourself. Too often people outsource their wisdom to others.”

So, what does she bring to the classroom? Over 35 years experience as a bodyworker, gentle, safe practice, a love of self-exploration, and maybe a good laugh (usually at herself).

For more about Ginger, visit www.craniosacralevanston.com.

Tom Hilgardner

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Tom teaches Mindful Yoga with an emphasis on breath, self-awareness, and connection of the heart. He studied as a Life Coach in 2006 and graduated from The Embodied Life School in 2014, with a focus on meditation, Feldenkrais movement, focusing, non-violent communication and self-inquiry. He graduated from Mindful Yin Yoga in May of 2016. He is entering into the next phase of his teaching-healing vision in Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy in May 2017. His yoga is most influenced by his over ten year sitting meditation practice, yin yoga, restorative yoga, and Awareness Through Movement with Feldenkrais Method.


The yoga therapy components of Nick's, Lela's and Rhoda's practice are based on training from the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy school, not derived from their status as RYTs with Yoga Alliance Registry.